12 Months of Thrifting, Casual, Fashion

$1.50 Maxi Dress

 

Maxi dresses are an essential piece to a staple wardrobe. They are perfect for vacations, weekend wear, night outs, and the buffet. I mean really, what’s better than a comfy maxi dress at an all you can eat Indian buffet? Every single maxi dress I own came from the thrift store. I thrifted this floral maxi from Goodwill wait for it…for $1.50!

My thrifting routine:

I narrow down my selection before I even go to the store.   There are so many styles to choose from, there are chiffon dressescasual jersey maxis, formal maxis, beach style maxis and so on. That’s why  I always seek thriftspiration beforehand and take inventory of what I already own and need. I like to keep two staple maxi dresses on hand; one solid black or gray one for everyday wear and one bold, printed dress for fancier occasions.


I avoid low cut. Most modern maxi dresses are low cut or sleeveless so I keep an eye out for a practical cut that won’t leave me feeling uncomfortable throughout the day. I stopped buying super low-cut dresses when I realized I was extremely limited in the number of places I could wear these dresses.

Experiment with vintage. Maxi dresses were extremely popular in the 1970s and made a comeback in a big way in the last few years. If you can find an original vintage style, don’t pass it up! The styles are authentic and timeless. If you find a vintage style you love but doesn’t quite fit, consider getting it altered for a classic piece you will have for years to come. It’s always great to have at least one vintage piece on hand, and a maxi dress is the way to go!

I like to make sure my maxi dresses cover my foot completely. It makes anyone look taller which is especially great for us fun-sized folks. If I’m wearing flats, I make sure the dress hits right below my ankles. Maxi dresses are so fun to play around with. I’ve worn this six different ways already; with a cardigan, denim shirt, vest, jeans jacket, faux leather jacket, and on it’s own. Play around with what you have and make the most of your maxi!

Details: Dress | Goodwill | $1.50 | Similar
 Jacket | thrifted | $6 | Similar
 Glasses | Marc’s | 75 cents | Exact